Motherboard MSI Z270 Gaming M5 Review (Part II)

So, let's continue reviewing the new motherbord recently released by the MSI company — Z270 Gaming M5.


UEFI Features

The MSI company UEFI appearance has not at all changed. It is called the Click BIOS 5. A mechanism M-Flash, which has already worked without any remarks, is used to update the firmware. Basic mode allows to learn in detail about the processor, memory and storage devices used in the system. Moreover, here you can customize the work of coolers, enable XMP profile, or use the services of instant acceleration realized by the company’s engineers. The selected shell items may be optionally gathered in one of the five individual sections.


Hardware Monitor component will show the four most important current values for voltages acceleration. Just six coolers can change the momentum by scripts generated on the board. An interactive version is exclusively used for CPU 1 and PUMP 1 pads. The four system fans operate initially at a fixed speed, but still you can …

One-Shot MSI Z170A Tomahawk Mainboard Review

Arsenal Gaming is a specific lineup of motherboards in MSI’s portfolio. It embraces 7 different models, joined under military-style codenames. The units are targeting primarily gaming community, although the Z170A Tomahawk is a universal solution at an affordable price. As distinct from the comrades, it features a set of controllers & sockets which are considered to be remnants of the past. Let’s find out what kind of advantages this board offers.



CPU & Memory


Motherboard MSI Z170A Tomahawk is developed on Intel Z170 Express chipset. It supports LGA1151-compatible CPUs of the 6th generation (Skylake): Intel Celeron/Pentium/Core i3/Core i5/Core i7. The hardware rests on a 4-layer dark PCB (304x224 mm, ATX) with red PCI-e and RAM slots. The rear panel is differentiated by the availability of a backplate for the CPU socket. The integrated ISL95856 controller is accountable for the providing power to the CPU (3+5 VRM).


The board comes with four DIMM slots for the …

Sapphire Outs a Mid-End R7 260X OC Gaming Graphics Card

Sapphire is glad to offer an affordable but quite efficient graphics card targeting inveterate gamers. The R7 260X OC is developed on AMD Radeon R7 260X GPU with Graphics Core Next architecture (28 nm). It features 896 stream processors and runs at the heightened frequency of 1150 MHz. Along with 2GB of GDDR5 memory (128-bit interface and 6600 MHz frequency) the core is able to guarantee a perfect balance between gaming efficiency and price.



Sapphire R7 260X OC employs PCI Express 3.0 x16 internal interface, while the connection of monitors is realized by means of four external video ports: DisplayPort, HDMI and 2x DVI (DVI-I and DVI-D). Cooling is ensured by a brand two-slot cooler; it consists of an aluminum heatsink, a pair of copper heatpipes, and one fan of axial type.


Like other graphics solutions based on R7 260X adapter, the new-comer from Sapphire supports a multiplicity of various technologies. Some of them are described below:

— AMD CrossFireX: allows for …
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